Coan wins again on a Monday for second title by ProQuest

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The first came in 2007, on the biggest stage of all, in front of a packed house on Labor Day at the most prestigious drag race on the planet, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. Win number two came just more than two years later, on a rain-delayed and sparsely attended day of mop-up action at the Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway.

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									                           COMP — 5th annual Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, Sept. 25-27, Hebron, Ohio
                           Coan wins again on a Monday for second title




by Phil Burgess                                                                                                                       The Coan family celebrated in
                                                                                                                                      their second Monday winner’s
    ven though both came on a Monday, it would                                                                                        circle when 2007 U.S. Nationals
E   be pretty hard to compare Jason Coan’s two
career Comp wins. The first came in 2007, on the
                                                                                                                                      champ Jason Coan, near lane,
                                                                                                                                      capped a rain-delayed event in
biggest stage of all, in front of a packed house on                                                                                   Hebron, Ohio, with a defeat of Bo
Labor Day at the most prestigious drag race on                                                                                        Butner in the final round.
the planet, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
   Win number two came just more than two                                                                                             national event winner Bob
years later, on a rain-delayed and sparsely                                                                                           Bailey in Sunday’s two rounds.
attended day of mop-up action at the Jegs                                                                                             From that point, he only had
NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at National                                                                                             one race in the final three
Trail Raceway.                                             “It was still an exciting day but way different         rounds — the final against Bo Butner.
   Still, Coan couldn’t be happier because a win is     than Indy, where you’re doing it in front of all the          After a competition bye based on him being the
a win, and this victory came at the tail end of the     racers who made it to Monday and in front of all           No. 1 qualifier, Coan got a free ride in the semifinals
Indiana racer’s season, ensuring a warm winter in       of the fans and at our home track,” he said. “In           when Terry Smith couldn’t make the run.
Kokomo despite what the weather might offer.            [Hebron, Ohio], it was on a day when we weren’t               “We pulled into water, but the officials shut us
                                                        supposed to be racing, and everyone who had lost           off to work on the track for a few minutes,” said
 About the winning car                                  had already cleared out, and there were no fans.           Coan. “When they told us to fire up, I could tell
                                                        Still, my family was all there, which was great.”          that he never rolled up next to me and couldn’t
 E asTexas Race Cars built the G/EA roadster that’s        Just surviving until Monday was a chore                 hear him running, and then the starter told me I
 cloaked in a Spitzer-built ’32 Bantam carbon-fiber     when Coan had to defeat fellow former Indy                 had a bye, which was a nice break. It was good not
 body. Patriarch Dave Coan built the 190-cid four-      winner (1988) Steve Ambrose and multi-time                 to have to take a chance and get any more CIC.”
 cylinder Chevy engine with guidance from
 multi-time national champ Jeff Taylor. CFE heads
 are fed by a quartet of Weber side-draft
 carburetors. The burned VP fuel exists via a
 custom-built header by Calvin Elston, and VP also
 lubricates the engine’s internals. Naturally, a Coan
 350-XLT three-speed and converter help transfer
 the power to the ground via Goodyear tires.
    In addition to his father, Jason Coan’s crew
 consists of his wife, Shay, and daughters, Macy
 and Marly. Coan thanked Jeff Taylor, John Partridge
 at Bullet Cams, Marc Ericson at Auto Meter, Tom at
 VP Fuels Midwest, Kenny House, and Gary Stinnett,
 “for all of the sound advice he has given me; he’s a   Butner (right) reached the final round, the 13th of his career, by defeating Fred
 great guy.”                                            Allen in the quarterfinals to earn a semifinal bye. Butner scored with a (-.53)
                                                        7.62 over Allen’s equal (-.53) 8.56 thanks to a .024 to .030 holeshot.
70 ✦ National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                              Comp Qualifying
                                                                                                                                                 (Top 16 of 20 qualifiers)
 Terry Smith had a good outing, going
until the semifinals, where he couldn’t                                                                        1. Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind. (G/EA ’32 Bantam) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       8.233 (-0.617)
                                                                                                               2. Jerry Arnold, Kalamazoo, Mich. (G/ED). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                7.945 (-0.605)
        get his D/ED fired to face Coan.                                                                       3. Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio (B/TA ’00 S-10) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   8.236 (-0.604)
                                                                                                               4. Bo Butner, Floyd Knobs, Ind. (E/AA ’09 GXP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   7.661 (-0.589)
    Coan lost seven-hundredths in                                                                              5. Peter Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y. (E/AA ’06 GTO) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  7.670 (-0.580)
Competition Index Control penalty                                                                              6. Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind. (A/ED) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            6.623 (-0.577)
                                                                                                               7. Fred Allen, Mary Esther, Fla. (C/SR ’34 Chevy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  8.555 (-0.565)
in beating Ambrose, and former                                                                                 8. Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn. (D/SMA ’09 Cobalt). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     8.416 (-0.554)
national champ Butner had been                            
								
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